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In what seems her natural state, Christina Swarns is as sweetly plainspoken and easygoing as a kindergarten teacher, which, decidedly, she is not.
Seated across a conference table in a corner-view meeting room on the 16th floor of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund offices in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, Swarns brightens another 100 watts when mentioning a collect call the day before from a client she helped get off death row four years ago—someone “near and dear to my heart.”
On July 12, 2012, the United States District Court of the Western District of Louisiana ruled in favor of LDF’s clients in Thomas v. St. Martin Parish School Board, denying the school board’s motions to dismiss this long-standing Louisiana school desegregation case.
Three former managers at Wet Seal, a nationwide apparel retailer for young women, filed a federal race discrimination lawsuit on Thursday, asserting that the company had a high-level policy of firing and denying pay increases and promotions to African-American employees because they did not fit its “brand image.”
WET SEAL Clothing Store Chain Executives Fire African-American Employees For Sake of “Diversity” and “Brand Image” Shocking Allegations in Federal Discrimination Class Action Filed Today7/12/12Related Case or Issue:
(New York, NY) A national class action lawsuit filed today charges that top executives at Wet Seal directed senior managers to get rid of African American store management employees for the sake of its “brand image,” and to hire more white employees.